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Manchester City have held talks with Barcelona over a £100m move for Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 29. (Sun)

City will give Guardiola £250m to spend in order to turn the club into champions again. (Daily Star)

Guardiola will be in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, as pressure continues to grow on Claudio Bravo, 33. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, interests both Barcelona and his former club Atletico Madrid. (Independent)

Blues boss Antonio Conte has no plans to hold clear-the-air talks with Costa, and the Spain forward will have this week to prove he warrants a recall. (Guardian)

Costa will effectively be ending his career if he moves to the Chinese Super League, according to former Blues player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins. (Sky Sports)

West Ham's France forward Dimitri Payet, 29, is prepared to take a pay cut in order to return to his former club Marseille, says French journalist Julien Laurens. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Lyon have had an improved £13m bid for 22-year-old Dutch forward Memphis Depay rejected by Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are among several top European clubs monitoring 16-year-old Flamengo forward Vinicius Junior. The Red Devils have already been rebuffed in one attempt to secure first option on him. (Independent)

The Old Trafford club are also tracking Celtic's 19-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney. (Daily Mirror)

The Daily Telegraph lead with images of Diego Costa training alone and news of an overhaul at Manchester City
The Daily Telegraph leads with images of Diego Costa training alone and news of an overhaul at Manchester City

The Football Association is taking active steps towards bringing in retrospective bans for players who dive. (Times)

Middlesbrough are on the verge of completing the £5m signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, 23, recently recalled to Stamford Bridge from a season-long loan at Burnley.(Northern Echo)

Brazilian side Flamengo are considering a move for Chelsea's versatile left-sided player Kenedy. The 20-year-old joined Chelsea in 2015 from Fluminense and made 20 appearances last season.(ESPN Brazil, via Daily Express)

West Ham and Sunderland are interested in Leeds striker Chris Wood, 25, but have been put off by the Championship club's £15m valuation.(ESPN)

West Brom's hopes of signing Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, 27, appear over with Pep Guardiola keen to keep the former Aston Villa midfielder.(Birmingham Mail)

The Daily Star claims Pep Guardiola will get £250m to spend on his Manchester City squad
The Daily Star claims Pep Guardiola will get £250m to spend on his Manchester City squad

Middlesbrough will reluctantly sell Gaston Ramirez to Leicester for £10m and replace him with Stoke's Bojan. The two 26-year-old attacking midfielders are both keen on moves.(Sun)

Swansea City have been linked with a loan move for former Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta, 25, who is playing for Chinese side Hebei China Fortune.(L'Equipe)

Manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed Crystal Palace have reached an agreement with Arsenal for 24-year-old full-back Carl Jenkinson.(Evening Standard)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no intention of sending 19-year-old winger Sheyi Ojo out on loan. Championship leaders Newcastle are one of a number of clubs interested.(Liverpool Echo)

Ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge has criticised Manchester United's playing style against his former club on Sunday, saying it showed a "lack of class".(Liverpool Echo)

Tuesday's Guardian sports section
The Guardian also leads on the future of Chelsea striker Costa

Christian Benteke's agent says the 26-year-old striker's focus is entirely on Crystal Palace, despite reports linking the Belgium international with Paris St-Germain.(Evening Standard)

Hull City have made an enquiry for 29-year-old Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike, who spent part of last season on loan at West Ham.(Turkish-Football.com)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says his transfer budget is "pretty tight and rigid" in the January transfer window.(Birmingham Mail)

Watford are close to signing Fiorentina's ex-Birmingham, West Ham and QPR striker Mauro Zarate, 29, on loan.(Daily Mirror)

Paris St-Germain right-back Serge Aurier, 24, says he is not paying attention to recent transfer rumours linking him with clubs including Barcelona.(ESPN)

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Tottenham have offered an academy scholarship to manager Mauricio Pochettino's 15-year-old son. (Daily Mail)

On seeing former Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante arrive back as a Chelsea player, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri put the midfielder in a headlock. (Metro)

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